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Informal Communication in Collaboratories

Airong Luo

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


This study examines how collaboratories affect informal scientific communication. Collaboratories are virtual organizations, where various information technologies are adopted to support distributed scientific work. In the paper, I first present a framework for understanding factors affecting informal communication and then examine how these factors play out in collaboratories. The results suggest that collaboratories bring about new opportunities for informal scientific communication. There are also some barriers to informal communication in collaboratories. Peripheral scientists -- in the case of this study, scientists from developing countries -- encounter more barriers than their partners in the developed world. I conclude with a discussion of areas for future research and implications of this research.

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